Rand Paul Clears Hurdle to White House Run
Kentucky Republican Party committee members voted Saturday to hold a presidential caucus on March 5 provided one of the state’s U.S. senators, Rand Paul, puts up $250,000 to cover half of the cost of the caucus by next month. The arrangement would allow Paul to run for his Senate seat and seek the presidency simultaneously.
- Paul said he was "grateful for the Republican Party's trust" in an e-mailed statement. "The people of Kentucky deserve a voice as the GOP chooses their next nominee, and holding a caucus will ensure that Kentucky is relevant and participates early in the process."
- If money is received by September, caucus will be held in March. If not, a primary will be held on May 17.
- NOTE: No candidate can appear twice on the ballot on state’s May primary
- NOTE: Paul has pledged to cover estimated $500,000 cost minus participating candidates paying $15,000 each
John McCormick contributed reporting.